Maggi ban reaches J&K; RTI activist appeals Mufti
Jammu and Kashmir news
Demanding a ban on sale of ‘ Maggi’ in School and Hospital Canteens today a request has been made to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed by Raman Sharma an RTI Activist.
In his petition ( ref. no 54842 ) to the Chief Minister through Grievance Cell, Sharma has submitted “I am worried about the news report appearing in national media about the presence of MSG, Monosodium Glumate and Lead in ‘ Maggi ’ a sort of noodles that are quite famous in the country and obviously in Jammu and Kashmir also”.
In addition the activist also highlighted casual approach of the State Food Authorities in dealing with this issue, he has stated that this product (Maggi) is available in all hotel, restaurants, Education Institutions’ Canteens in Jammu, Kashmir and even parts of Ladakh but till date we have not heard that the authorities belonging to J & K Drug & Food Control Organization taking samples from anywhere to confirm whether this product is safe to eat for citizens especially the minor children.
In the petition it has been further demanded that J & K Drug & Food Control Organization be directed to immediately pick samples randomly and get them tested from reputed laboratories to confirm the presence of MSG, Monosodium Glumate and Lead in this product and till final result and expert report of the samples, the product be banned in Hotel, Restaurants, School, College and Hospital Canteens.
It is pertinent to mention here that situation is more serious here because millions of tourists and pilgrims visiting all the three regions of the state and they also prefer this instant noodle for being economical and easily available. The activists has also urged that if the official results confirm this product fit to be consumed by human being then the ban be revoked immediately so that people associated with its sales and marketing do not get affected.